After an overview of the main printing techniques, from the traditional to the most recent experimental methods – such as relief printing, intaglio, planographic and stencil processes – a Master printer will demonstrate the different phases of the original art printing process. Participants will then be guided through the collections of books, art prints, printed materials – including ephemera dating back to the 16th century, artist’s books, the Editions du Dromadaire volumes and historical documents housed by the centre that are devoted to Tintoretto, the painter Bottega was named after.
Keeping ancient machinery alive with skills preserved for the futureIn 1986, a group of artists who had been studying the history of printing in Venice opened an art printing workshop, Bottega del Tintoretto. It is equipped with machinery they recovered from ancient Venetian printing factories who were discarding tools no longer in use. Bottega del Tintoretto, named because it sits next to the building that was home to the painter Tintoretto, is a space aimed at preserving and spreading the precious know-how built by generations of skilled craftsmen. It’s a research place where printers and artists, also under the guide of a Master printer, can create their own artworks and hand-bound artist’s books. Over the years, Bottega has organised workshops and courses to share the classic techniques of engraving, xylography, lithography – as well as the most recent techniques. It has created a rental library, including 16th-century ephemera. Also, the artist collaborating with Bottega have organised exhibitions and events, complementary art courses and founded Editions du Dromadaire, a publishing house for children.
A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.Listen
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